By Nina Gould
For The Alpine Sun
Carolina “Cee” Gould, Alpine native, Chaparral Girl Scout Cadet, Steele Canyon graduate, is blazing a path for Alpine youth that may exemplify the old adage — “the sky’s the limit!”
An astrophysics major, Cee Gould, topped off a grueling sophomore year at UC Berkeley by accepting a coveted position as intern at NASA’s Goddard Center.
Working with a theoretical astrophysicist, Cee collected and compiled data on the galaxy, NGC 253, in an ongoing attempt to determine origin of gamma rays, levels of gamma ray emissions and how they impact Earth, and how, and if, gamma ray emissions correlate with the making of stars themselves.
Cee credits her love of space and the “yet unknown”, to the clear, Milky-Way-lit skies that shine above Alpines mountains. It probably also didn’t hurt that her grandfather helped build the lens to the famous Hubble Telescope!
In addition to hours of research and coding at Goddard Center, Cee had the opportunity to visit the capitol of the United States, Washington D.C. where she co-hosted a roundtable for the White Houses’ First Tribal Youth Summit, was present at a number of key Supreme Court rulings, including the landmark Marriage Equality case, and represented NASA at Congressional Headquarters where she petitioned for an increase in science funding. On the Fourth of July, Cee watched the celebration of the Country’s independence from the Washington Mall, sandwiched between the Lincoln Monument and the Washington obelisk, and, through the dog days of summer, kayaked the Potomac, became purposefully lost in the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress and.watched a light-saber-rattling baseball game as part of the National Astronomy Consortium in the Washington Nationals Ballpark.
Cee leaves NASA in August to return to Berkeley, where she will continue her undergraduate studies. This year she will also co-facilitate teaching a class on Space Exploration.
When asked about any advice for East County students, Cee shares, “Be inspired, inspire others and Think New Thoughts! It’s not a bad gig getting paid to go on adventures!”
So, heads up, Alpine! The sky IS NOT the limit. It really IS bigger out there, in the wide open air and Alpine, not only is a great place for seeing stars, it’s a great place for raising them.

This week’s Ask Alpine Question had a lot of people throwing out really interesting ideas. With the spark of idealism, from the Chamber of Commerce and their plan to light us the Boulevard, The Alpine Sun wanted to ask the community what they think. The Chamber of Commerce’s job is to create a healthy environment for commerce in the community, and as we know, Alpine has been foundering since the Sunrise Powerlink installation.

George Haughton has this to say:
Have open-air restaurants with live music in a section of town dedicated to tourist foot-traffic. Little gift shops with Alpine and California souvenirs would help. Maybe a jeep tour company to take people to Alpine vicinity attractions. As far off the interstate that Julian is, they attract a lot of tourists…what are they doing right. Also, check out Williams, Arizona and Sisters, Oregon…two big tourist spots in the middle of nowhere.

Reducing the speed limit through town would also help, along with some small motels, an oldies movie theater, and maybe advertising along the freeway.

The Alpine Sun is still under rennovation, but we are now enjoying our new floor! Stop by and see how great our office is beginning to look!

Nearly fifty Republican incumbents including some from Alpine are co-chairing a campaign kick-off fundraiser for Joel Anderson’s run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. It is a compendium of Republican “Who’s Who”. I am a touch cynical, but I expect all of them agreed to sign-away their conscious on the application form when they requested the Party’s endorsement for their own elections. That’s “standard practice” too. Signing the form pledges to support the Party line – whether it makes any sense or not! But that should not be the sole criteria when politics really gets local.
No politician on this list – including the honoree – lifted a finger to combat the Sunrise PowerLink’s rampage through Alpine; from which Alpine has still to recover. Nor have any – with the exception of one that I know – been a part of the 10-year battle against Grossmont to get a high school for Alpine.
While those folks must now kowtow to the Party line to payback the Party for its endorsement of them, when the politics gets really local, it is quite fair to ask one question, “What have you done for us here at home?”
Alpiners know the impact of the two-year construction of the Sunrise Powerlink right through the center of town. There are the still empty store fronts reminding us! And take the high school as another example of local county politicians refusing to defend Alpine’s interests. Did you know that the taxpayers of Alpine are on the hook to pay perhaps $125 million over the life of Grossmont’s Prop H & U school bonds and never get the high school that Grossmont taxpayer/voters twice approved building and paying for?
Comments from incumbents and candidates that “it would be cheaper to hire limousines to take Alpine kids to Grossmont high schools would be cheaper than building a high school” don’t fly when Alpine is already paying for a high school that the Republican Party officially does not support. What then is the value of county political incumbents and candidates to the Alpine community? What value especially when by their inactions these folks actually broke Alpine’s rice bowl rather than filled it?
There is the argument that elections should not be based upon who best fills rice bowls; that at many levels across the nation candidates with ‘good policies and ideas’ ought to trump those promising more feeding at the public trough. But at the levels where the consequences of our actions at the ballot box hits us right in our homes, in our town, and where it most impacts our children, when it comes time to decide which candidate to support for local offices, should we not also weigh which candidates have actually worked hard and productively at filling our rice bowls?
We can start with asking which candidate has steadfastly fought against the PowerLink project; and which candidate has been steadfastly working in support of Alpine having its own high school?
We need to ask every candidate many times over, “Where do you stand on the local issues most affecting Alpine?”

George Barnett, Alpine
A registered Republican & conservative

About six months ago, The Alpine Sun office was under water, due to a broken pipe in the apartment behind the office. About three weeks ago, the office is finally being renovated with new tile flooring. Unfortunately, this work is being done during normal working hours, so please be patient with us while we work through this. The work is being beautifully executed, and we will ALL be happy when it is done.

How many times have you thought about playing a musical instrument? Music is good for the mind, for the soul, and even for physical dexterity. The next time you have that thought, check out all the opportunities in Alpine to learn to play a musical instrument. We even have free opportunities. Check out our Sun Dial for contacts.

After seeing your tribute to John R. Hood in your February 5th edition of The Alpine Sun, I thought I would add some personal observations that I made of John throughout our friendship in Alpine.
I first met John in 1974 when my wife and I had completed building our house in Alpine. I would see him at the Post Office and he was a very friendly person and loved to talk. His main interests were the young children and their education in S.D. County.
One day John asked me about my wife’s involvement with The Alpine Bobby Sox League and I told him that she had formed a team. He asked if he could help in any way. I told him that it was all volunteers as the League had just been formed. I additionally told him that we needed umpires and John responded that he knew about baseball and he used to attend The Atlanta Braves games and kept a detailed score card.
Well, John showed up at my wife’s first game and he had all of the equipment to be a behind the plate umpire. Betty, my wife told John that he would also have to make calls in the field and it would require running out to the runner’s position and making the call. John replied that he needed the exercise as he was putting on a little weight. We made it through the game but many of the parents were complaining about Johns calls behind the plate. John said he would get better and he did. Yes, we still had complaints but tried to explain that John was doing this job out of goodness of his heart. John made it through the season and The Board of Directors awarded John a certificate for his volunteer work. John continued his volunteer work for The Alpine Bobby Sox League for a few more years.
Yes, John was an amazing man and I was proud to call him my friend for the many years that he and his family lived in Alpine.
May he rest in peace, Dick Rabell

Somebody said something this week that made me take a moment, and think, and consider. He said, don’t make any resolutions this year to do something special, to lose weight or to change who you are, just decide on three things in your life to make better. If you are a parent, be a better parent, or be a better friend or do better at work.
What a concept! If we just decide to do better, and be better then we don’t have to make those life changing resolutions, because our life will already be better.

Our little town of Alpine is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy the eclectic collection of businesses, and homes. We have everything here, well kinda if you don’t count the lack of high school, hospital, theater etc. But we do have the very best sunrises and sunsets that a mountain community could witness. We have creativity in shops and homes. We now have sidewalks to ease strolling. We have Wright’s Field that is beautiful as long as you stroll with care.

By Glenn Mollette
For The Alpine Sun
I wish I had been a better father. I wonder if anybody else has felt this way?
It seems like yesterday that my two beautiful sons Jared and Zachary were only small children. What happened to those days when we played in the yard, swam, or just spent time together?
The days of telling silly nighttime stories, tucking them in bed and just hanging out flew by faster than a breath of air on a frosty day. If I could reach back and pull a few of those days back to the present I would stop the clock and savor every moment of those beautiful childhood years.
I’ve heard that fathers on their deathbeds do not wish they had spent more time at the office. Most fathers do regret not spending more time with their families.
We get preoccupied as dads. I’ve heard great spiritual leaders like Billy Graham and Charles Stanley talk about being totally preoccupied and consumed with their speaking, writing and vocational interests to the point that they knew they had neglected their families.
It’s not easy being a dad. We know we have to bring payroll into the house, keep a roof over the family and try to keep the family fed. In and around those daily duties there are the desires to give to your children. We want them to do well in school and enjoy music and sports. Dads want to provide vacations, an occasional fun weekend, and comforts to the family. Often the stresses of work, personal goals and life’s problems make dad’s life a juggling act.
Most every dad feels the pride of fatherhood. I was right “there” when both of my sons were born. I leaped for joy on both of those occasions. I have leaped many times since. My two sons are now in the military. My oldest has served almost eleven years and my youngest is starting his fourth year. I am very proud of them both. While I can’t go back and try to be all that I wish I had been for my kids I can keep trying today. I never miss a chance to hug and kiss them and tell them how much I love them. More than ever I want to spend quality time with them but now the time is relegated to a few days a year.
In the remaining years of my fatherhood I want them to know I am on their side. I am their father regardless of what comes their way. I am here to help if I possibly can but will always encourage their independence and personal goal setting. I want them to be happy and fulfilled. I know time is passing.
My dad passed on several years ago. He lived to be eighty-five. However, life was quick and the time we had together seems like a vapor, here for a moment and then gone.
Dads, today, before the vapor of life is gone, do the most important thing that you can do for your children – spend time with them.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.